BASF, Linde to co-develop process to capture CO2

28 September 2007 16:37  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Industrial gases major Linde and chemical giant BASF have teamed up with German power utility RWE to co-develop a new process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) at coal-fired power plants, the companies said on Friday.


As a first step, the companies plan to build a pilot facility at an existing RWE lignite-fired power plant in Germany to test new developments and solvents from BASF to capture CO2, they said.


The objective was to commercialise a CO2 capture process by 2020 that removes over 90% of CO2 from the combustion gas at a coal-fired power plant and store it underground, they said. 


The development of an efficient CO2 capture process was necessary as coal would continue to be an important energy source for power utilities wordwide for decades to come, the companies said.


RWE has earmarked some €80m ($114m) for the project.


BASF and RWE are also partners in the European Union’s CASTOR project which seeks to find methods to remove CO2 from combustion gases and store it.


CASTOR started up a pilot project in Denmark last year.


($1 = €0.71)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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